Tuesday, May 8, 2007

War: What is it good for?

Throughout the ages past, war has been used in many different ways. Blood feuds, conquest, territorial disputes, religion, terrorism, policing actions, and politics. But, no matter how you swing it, war, for whatever purpose or motive, is not a good thing.

Certainly one can argue that, if Hitler had not been stopped in the 1940's, he would have taken over the world. And so, we go to defend our country, our way of life, and the world from evil. That doesn't take away the brutality and corruption that can result from conflicts as large as these.

There are examples in our past of wars that were negative in nature. The Vietnam War, a fine example of political tensions causing the deaths of thousands of people. The Cuban Missile Crisis, where the hatred between two superpowers nearly caused a nuclear holocaust. The Crusades, where religion was used as an excuse to gain an influential piece of territory in Israel.

War is a tool. Just like the gun, the law, technology, and the vote, war can be used either for good or for evil. Whether it be rebellion against an oppressor as we saw in World War II, or the same scenario where one man desired power above all else.

Regardless of it's use, war brings devastation, deprivation, and death.

World Peace

1 comment:

~Julia said...

You had better be in History, b/c if not you are missing out big time.

I agree - War is not a good thing, and I don't think you'd find many who counter that. But, its the emotions that wind up being tied up in a war that cause ppl to support it.

It can be argued (to a point) that the not wanting another war led to Hitler's gain in power via the policy of Appeasement. Although, the War probably would have just started earlier.

In light of this post I completly understand your "World Peace"...not that I didn't understand before, (I mean its pretty obvious) this just clarifys it a bit.

BTW - For the 'what is love' post I accidently pressed the publish button before I had finished writing so I deleated the response, then republished.-_-'